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Dr Joe Molete is The New Principal of The CUT Welkom Campus



Dr Joe Molete is The New Principal of The CUT Welkom Campus

Dr Joe Molete is The New Principal of The CUT Welkom Campus.The Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr Joe Molete as the new Welkom Campus Principal. Dr Molete is set to assume his role on 1 June 2024, marking a strategic move in CUT expansion plan for the Welkom Campus.

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A Leader with a Wealth of Experience

Dr Joe Molete brings a wealth of experience to his new role. With over fifteen years in the research and technology commercialisation sector, a decade in academia, and extensive executive-level experience, Dr Molete is well-equipped to lead the Welkom Campus to new heights.

A Track Record of Excellence

Dr Molete impressive track record includes holding esteemed positions such as Executive Director at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Biosciences, Chief Executive Officer at BioPAD, and Portfolio Manager at Cape Biotech Trust (CBT). He has also served in senior academic capacities, including as Executive Director of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Science and Technology Park, and Campus Director of Midlands Campuses at the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Dr Molete’s academic qualifications include a B.Sc. in Life Sciences and B.Sc. (Honours) in Biochemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand, an M.S. in Biology from Howard University, Washington D.C., USA, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Penn State University, University Park, PA, USA. He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town and has completed an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

Beyond Academia

In addition to his academic and professional achievements, Dr Molete is a sought-after motivational speaker, executive coach, and workshop facilitator. He founded the Dr Joe High-Performance Academy to share his knowledge with leaders and entrepreneurs, further demonstrating his commitment to personal and professional development.


Dr Joe Molete appointment as Welkom Campus Principal at CUT heralds an exciting new chapter for the institution. His leadership is expected to bring a renewed sense of direction and purpose, creating a dynamic and thriving academic environment for students and staff alike.

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